East Asia

A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind statues of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rise and Fall of Soft Power

Joseph Nye’s concept lost relevance, but China could bring it back.

Lim Zheng Jie Wo, 76, scavenges in a back lane of the financial district in Singapore on January 5, 2009. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians

Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.

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China Doesn’t Want to Play by the World’s Rules

Beijing's plans are much bigger than the trade war.

Anti-immigration activists attend a protest against a group of asylum-seekers from Yemen, in Seoul on June 30, 2018. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korea Is Going Crazy Over a Handful of Refugees

Feminists, the young, and Islamophobes have allied against desperate Yemenis.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (C) and the overseas representatives of the China Development Forum applaud as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (front L) arrives for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 21, 2016. (KENZABURO FUKUHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Smiles Won’t Get CEOs Far in China

Beijing sees business as politics, and multinationals need to adjust.

Japanese Rear Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura (L), US Rear Admiral William Byrne (R) and HCS Bisht, vice admiral of the Indian Navy, pose for photographers during the inauguration of joint naval exercises with the United States and India in Chennai on July 10, 2017.
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India Is the Weakest Link in the Quad

The four-nation mechanism was set up to contain Chinese maritime expansionism, but New Delhi is having second thoughts.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) speaks during a meeting with North Korea's director of the United Front Department, Kim Yong Chol (R) at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. (ANDREW HARNIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Deal Is All Show, No Reality in Pyongyang

Negotiations with North Korea are a grueling process. The president’s empty boasts don’t help.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) before the G20 leaders' family photo in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016.
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Japan’s China Deals Are Pure Pragmatism

Even Donald Trump can't push Tokyo into Beijing's arms.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Got What He Wanted in Singapore. Trump Didn’t.

The G-7 and Singapore summits have put on display breathtaking strategic incoherence and appalling moral vacuity on the part of the Trump administration.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departs Singapore  on June 12. (Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information via Getty Images)

Trump Pardons Another Celebrity Criminal

At the Singapore summit, the U.S. president let Kim off the hook.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and National Security Advisor John Bolton, right, at the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada, on June 9. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

By Bungling G-7, Trump Sabotaged Singapore

The United States needs its allies if it wants to make a deal with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the door of Air Force One upon arrival in Singapore on June 10. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What North Korea Sanctions Relief Should Look Like

If North Korea agrees to denuclearize, here's how Trump should go about rolling back sanctions.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, greats North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 10. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How the Trump-Kim Summit Could Play Out

No one knows for sure what will happen in Singapore. These are some of the possibilities.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un share a screen on South Korean television on May 11. (Kim Sue-han/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has No Idea How Diplomatic Deals Work

I worked on international negotiations under Obama — and now I’m watching from the sidelines as the Trump team gets it all wrong.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, speaks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, at the Peace House in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images)

Don’t Overestimate the Power of Historic Summits

The potential for progress on the Korean Peninsula is real, but the pitfalls are plentiful.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Could North Korea Help Bring the United States and China Closer Together?

The mutual challenge of managing Pyongyang could offer Washington and Beijing the chance to get along.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

Pyongyang Is Playing Washington and Seoul

Hollow summits between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States only serve to benefit the North.

Effigies of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be paraded through the streets of Lewes in Sussex, southern England, on November 4, 2017, during the traditional Bonfire Night celebrations.
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North Korean Internet Users Shun Facebook and Google for Chinese Alternatives

A new report sheds light on how a tiny fraction of North Koreans browse the open web.

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